Voyage is the songwriting partnership of Luke Woodhouse, Greg Cooper and Gavin Perkins (pictured from left to right above). Voyage seeks to serve God’s people by providing new songs for churches to sing.
Unique to this group is their desire to pair preachers with musicians in the writing of church songs. Luke and Greg bring extensive musical experience to the project – the pair have played alongside one another in bands for the last ten years. Luke is the co-writer of the widely sung ‘Glorious Things of You Are Spoken’, and Greg is a songwriter and guitarist for worship band Garage Hymnal, and co-writer of other congregational songs such as ‘Perfect but Painful’. Gavin, a trained preacher, brings in-depth theological and lyrical experience – as well as an encyclopedic knowledge of music!
Having crafted songs together while on the ministry team at Sydney’s Christ Church St Ives, the trio is passionate about shaping a songwriting culture that involves both preachers and musicians writing church songs that emerge from preaching series on books of the Bible.
Voyage draws on the experience of the diverse ministry positions currently held by each of the members. Luke is a preacher/pastor, at Adelaide’s Trinity Bay church. Gavin is training course director of Cornhill preaching college, and a preacher/pastor at St Thomas’s North Sydney. Greg is music director at Christ Church St Ives.
August 2012 saw the release of Voyage’s first single – ‘Alive’. The song was written for a preaching series on Ephesians at Christ Church St Ives in 2011, and has also been sung at Sydney’s hugely popular Engage conferences. On the night of its release, ‘Alive’ shot to #1 on the iTunes inspirational charts in Australia.
Voyage pulled together a team of good friends to record the song in Sydney. Multi-ARIA award winning producer David Nicholas (Elton John, Delta Goodrem, The Veronicas) oversaw proceedings. Dave Hanbury (ex-Revive) sang. Bobby Poulton (Peter Northcote band) played bass. Cedric Tang (ex-Garage Hymnal/Qurious) and Ben Duffin (Shed Muzak) played guitar. Andrew Massey (Garage Hymnal) drummed. Greg and Luke played guitar and keyboards respectively. The song was then mixed in Nashville by Grammy-nominated and Dove Award winning producer/engineer Rusty Varenkamp (Tenth Avenue North, Mutemath, Michael W. Smith), before being mastered back in Sydney by Steve Smart (Washington, PNAU, Crowded House).
The Christian life is a journey home, a voyage to eternity… the guys look forward to sharing more songs on the journey with you soon.